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funded political activists for obama. that goes all the way up to lois lerner. she's known about this for years. she's been one of the ring leaders. yet she comes on and claims that this investigation had nothing to do with political ideology. of course that's bogus. i had asay the i.r.s. needs to be fumigated of all those political activists because we'll see this for years and years to come. guest: it's going to be interesting. mr. miller, who is the acting i.r.s. commissioner, will be in on friday. and then george, the inspector general. miller is acting and actually i think shulman was in and he may have even been a republican appointee that was carried over there during the time that a lot of this took place. miller's going to be answering for what took place under a different watch. partly i guess his watch. then the name i think people don't know, lois lerner's name, the gentleman just raised that, many questions about her because she has -- she's been in charge of the tax exempt division, i guess it is. also was changing around some of the criterion. again, i shouldn't sa
are sleuthing for some hint that mr. obama picked up the phone and publicly suggest that conservative political groups were engaged in nefarious deeds, publicly call out those he needed harassed and pressure the irs to take action. is that valid? >> no. some republicans here are desperately looking to make political hay. i mean, don't take my word for it. take the word of the independent inspector general who said there was no evidence of influence outside of the irs led to this. >> were other democrats pressuring the irs to look into 134 of these groups on either side? conservative or democrat? >> there are people who have raised question about how these 501(c)(4) organizations work. but as it relates to the white house and administration -- >> i remember abu ghraib and people said abu ghraib happened we'll dock to donald rumsfeld later, in an atmosphere that was countenance by the administration. not hard to see how that happens. you have a president who is campaigning against these groups in many ways, campaigning against supreme court decisions that allowed these groups on the left and the
offered him a plea deal. the former d.a. said he never offered a formal plea deal. >> president obama denounced the irs's targeting of conservative political groups as outrageous. he told reports that he didn't know until this last friday that theist targeted tea party groups. they focused on groups with tea party or patriot in their names. president obama also addressed the benghazi attack saying there was no coverup and he dismissed the republican tactics as a side show. >>> the government collected two months of phone records without going through the normal legal procedures. the justice department so penaed and received records from reporters for two months last year. an a.p. story about a terror plot in yemen contained information. news organizations are typically notified that the groft wants the records. >>> all right. cheers and applauds rocked the minnesota senate today as they voted to legalize same-sex march. that sends the bill to governor who is expected to sign it tomorrow. it's the 12th state in the nation to do so. >>> a new video out today shows the police rescue of t
on the impact of this latest scandal and the broader political fallout for the obama administration. >> we are tracking new developments in yet another controversy. this one involves the white house as well. congress widening its investigation into the administration's response to the benghazi terrorist attacks that killed four americans. the chair of the oversight committee calling retired ambassador thomas pickering to submit to questioning in a closed door tape recorded interview. pickering led the internal review of the state department following the attack. elizabeth prann has more from washington. elizabeth. >> the back and forth about witnesses testifying in a series of benghazi hearings continues. the chairman of the house oversight committee issuing a subpoena to the co-chair of the independent review board known as the arb that investigated the september 11 terrorist attack. darrell issa is seek more transparency into what happened that day, writing in part to ambassador thomas pickering, the arb works behind closed doors. it did not record its interviews, even now months after t
, but this is a political problem. the incompetence ofhe obama administration where one hand doesn't know what the other hand is doing, where the president appoints people that are idiotic, make idiotic mistakes. when benghazi is clearly just a horrendous example of incompetence. that will reflect on the president andhat will hu him politically. >> sir, with great respect -- sir, with great respect to my colleagues, benghazi is not incompetce. benghazi is outright malfeasance, criminal cover up. >> i agree with you. >> that is so true. >> neil: go ahead, adam. >> what we're u all agreed on is there's a thin connection between these scandals across time and the economy, and there's a thin connection between the actions of the president and the economy. >> no way. >> having said that -- well, having said that, there is no suggestion of criminal behavior with this benghazi situation, and charlie -- >> neil: there was no criminal behavior associated with watergate at the outset. >> there's perjury and that's a crime. >> neil: charles payne, if we can forward this a bit. my big thing is we've gone from an ad
and murder trial of abortion doctor kermit gosnell. what will be the political implication. >> obama administration has an enemy's list. conservatives under attack by the irs. jenny bath martin cofounder of tea party patriots is joining us next. at od, whatever business you're in, that's the business we're in with premium service like one of the best on-time delivery records and a low claims ratio, we do whatever it takes to make your business our business. od. helping the world keep pmises. how old is the oldesterson you've known? we gave people a sticker and had them show us. we learned a lot of us have known someone who's lived well into their 90s. and that's a great thing. but even though we're living longer, one thing that hasn't changed much is the official retirement age. ♪ the question is how do you make sure you he the money you need to enjoy all of these years. ♪ but maybe the problem toisn'isn't your lawn.years. introducing ththe all-wheel-drive mower from husqvarna. we engineered its uniq drive system and dual transmission to handle hills& thick grass& and tough terra
political. who've tried as best they can to harm president obama in every way they can. i don't think there are correct parallels between those two incidents. it was wrong for the irs to behave in this heavy handed manner. they didn't explain it well before or now what they're doing and why they're doing it. but there are no parallels between these two. >> chairman bond, what do you think the fallout will be for the obama administration? especially during a time where the tea party had maybe lost a little air? do you think this is going to help inflate that, especially as we ramp up to the midterms for 2014? >> i hope not. i hope they don't get anymore air. they are the taliban wing of american politics. we all ought to be a little worried about them. >> sir, do you think that's a little harsh, calling them the taliban wing of american politics? >> not at all. not at all. the truth may hurt, but it's the truth. >> julian bond, chairman ameritus of the naacp. >>> more on the white house scandals after a quick break. joining the conversation, republican congressman mark pompeo of kansas
for -- signs that they're playing politics like using names of candidates or using the name obama care, they went after them based on their right wing nomenclature. tea party patriot. that sort of thing. your thoughts. >> yes. clearly this is wrong. clearly this is a problem. i haven't seen the report you're referring to. this story broke while i was sitting here. >> it broke while i was sitting here, too. >> yes, i know. withdr you have a bigger staff than i do, though. >> fair enough. >> at any rate, clearly there's a problem here. clearly there was mismanagement here. the issue it seems to me, how how up does this mismanagement go? who knew what, when? how high up the food chain? if it's restricted to the office in cincinnati, i don't know that this has huge legs. >> that was the office that was tasked with doing this thing. it wasn't just the office in cincinnati. let me go to this. here it says the t.i.g., the inspector general, initiated this awe dits basedessed by mem congress. it's not that they gave up the irs, michael steele, the idea to do this. they got the idea from member
. the obama white house facing the prospect of a looming constitutional crisis, a political crisis that the president and his inner circle seems to worsen with each passing day. the president and hiss -- his staff defending the administration against there's controversies and scandals now forcing the president to pivot focus on the presidential legacy to the presidential future. the benghazi coverup, the irs enemies list, targeting conservatives, and now the justice department must account for the extraordinary seizure of the phone records of the associated press reporters and editors. attorney regime eric holder today trieded to justify those seizures calling them part of the effort to identify the source of a leak that holder said compromised national security. holder, however, refused to answer why the justice department didn't first seek the voluntary cooperation of the associated press. when asked, holder announce it was the deputy, james cole, who signed the subpoena to seize the records, and, today, we learned holder rescued himself from the case because the fbi's investigat
, frankly, has a lot to do with political motivati motivations. >> president obama also admitted that the embassy was not adequately protected before adding the nation's lawmakers should be focused on protecting our ambassadors abroad. >>> let's bring in politico playbooks executive editor jim here. thanks for joining us. which of the three issues do you think is the biggest problem for the obama administration? >> well, there's no doubt that the irs scandal is an authentic scandal. in all likelihood, people are going to lose their jobs over it. the other two we don't know enough about. we don't know what's going on with the justice department looking at the associated press and in its reporting. on terrorists. and then, we don't know what else is going to happen with benghazi. it all depends on is there more there? when other whistle blowers come forward. when other information comes forward through the hears. is there more than we know? right now, the talking points seem to be the most damaging part of the benghazi scandal. but we've kind of known the essence of that. there has
that the government was leaking to these reporters on purpose for the obama administration's own political gain. they were alleging that the administration doesn't care enough about classified information being leaked. it helps them when it leaks. if they really cared about it, they would freaking investigate, it right? they would find out who was leak information to these reporters. they would chase this thing down. >> what the president ought to be saying is that this is very damaging to the country, and we're going to do everything we can to get to the bottom of it, whether it involves my white house or wherever in the intelligence community. >> well, we certainly need to have an investigation of what has happened. >> the question though is do we really have an independent and aggressive investigation because these leaks are very, very disturbing. >> republicans last june demanding a serious investigation into these dastardly leaks to these a.p. reporters. well, they got their investigation, and as part of that investigation the attorney general himself was investigated as to whether maybe h
security issue. the a.p. has been exceedingly kind to barack obama so there is no politics involved in it. so i'm just going to tell you that i think that on that one, the right wing ought to be a little bit circumspect. >> i think they have got to be careful on all of these issues and make sure this don't politicize them. there is no way you could look at this issue where the department of justice it appears violated at least four of their guidelines when it comes to seizing secretly seizing phone records. the breath of it. >> bill: remember, attorney general holder doesn't know anything about it? >> please, bill. you are falling for the story if you say that. >> bill: no, no, no. i'm not falling anything. >> you are like the press sitting in the same party briefing room. >> bill: i don't fall for anything. i don't fall for stuff. you know that. >> don't fall for holder. >> bill: with all due respect, mr. attorney general, why don't you go out to lunch and brings in the guy who is responsible for it. we will ask him questions. >> he said he didn't even know that, bill. he said he didn't
't understand how anybody can trust the irs to over sea obama care when they have released confidential information to organization propublica. and are they release our private medical records? this is a huge abuse of power. you cannot convince me it was not done for political reasons. how far are they going to go? this is not just about tea party versus obama or the irs. this affects every single american in this country. it could be a republican president in the white house abusing power and using one of the burr crazy. they done think it was illegal when pressed on that matter. >> it is not illegal to request private donor. they are asking what is said in prayers and back hand acess to westbound sites. how can this not be illegal. we have rights as americans and there is no other burr crazy in the american government that intimidates more than the irs. they will be in charge of taxes and health care? you are hearing a lot of people calling for a flat tax because of this. they have the power because they collect our tax dollars. that's all that gives them power. it is something to be
's get to "front page politics," president obama is trying to shift attention plaguing this administration. the president says politics is crowding the focus on the economy. >> more than anything, the american people may be optimistic about where we're headed as a nation especially after all we've been through during the past several years and that should encourage us all to work even harder on the issues that matter to you. >> the president's message comes just a day after the outgoing irs commissioner faced a grueling day on capitol hill. lawmakers in the house grilled steve miller for answers as to why the irs targeted tea party groups seek tax-exempt status. >> who is responsible for targeting these groups? >> so again, i'm going to take -- i'm going to take exception to the concept of targeting because it's a loaded term. the listing was done -- >> this was not a listing. you created a be on the lookout list. >> joining me now, senior washington correspondent for politico anna palmer and msnbc contributor to the grillo. let's look at what happened, perry, did the p
step which the judge says politics are behind efforts by the obama administration to block the unrestricted sale of the pill. >> we are following breaking news from pennsylvania where six people, four children, are dead following a house fire. at 5:00 a.m., it took firefighter as long time to find the victims. >> sweetening the pot in the bid for super bowl, the silicon valley names pledging big bucks to bring the big game to the 49ers new stadium in santa clara. >> live from the kgo-tv broadcast center this is abc7 news. >> good monday morning coming off of a warm weekend. thanks for joining us. >> first up a check on the weather forecast. mike, what will happen later on today? >> we have clouds in a lot of areas. the fog is in the not bay along the coast where we see the moisture in the form of drizzle. as far as what will happen this afternoon, clouds are going to part quickly as we head through the morning hours especially inland. 73 to 83 from petaluma to livermore. sea breeze will keep us 65 in san francisco to 75 as you head to san jose and at the coast it will be pa
career. how this helps republicans to have dick cheney out there, you decide. president obama said the accusations were a political sideshow. james rosen is in washington. >> good afternoon. on september 12th last year, president obama stood in the rose garden and declared that no acts of terror would shake the resolve of america, and yesterday the president cited those words as evidence he has always properly described benghazi. >> the day after it happened i acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism. >> but the washington post's fact changer, long-time white house and state department correspondent this morning says the assertion for the president four pinocchios for falsehood. obama said he said it was an act of they're roar but actually the president spoke in vague terms and did not state the american ambassador died because of an act of terror. when given the opportunity to say it was terrorism, the president ducked the question, and then pointed to this exchange the president had after the roast garden event. >> mr. president this morning you went out of your way to avie
, but this is political problem. the incompetence of the obama administration where one hand doesn't know what the other hand is doing. people are idiotic make idiotic mistakes when benghazi is clearly an example of incompetence. that will reflect on the president and that will hurt him politically. >> two things, charlie, real quick. >> with respect to my colleagues benghazi is out right mal fee answer is and lying, fal fees answer and criminal cover-up. >> that is so true. >> what we're all agreed on there is a thin connection of the scandals across time and the economy. there is a thin connection between the actions. president and the economy. having said that -- having said that, there is no suggestion of criminal behavior with this benghazi situation. charlie, to your point -- >> personal and obstruction of justice, those are crimes. >> neil: my big thing is, we gone from an administration that was very hands on, to hands off. i know nothing. after one crisis after another. the only defense is ignorance, i was out of the loop. that alone raises questions on so many different scandals that the best
. overt politically that tried to harm president obama every way they can. they are the taliban of american politics and we ought to be worried about them. >> dana: andrea, called the taliban of the conservative party. >> andrea: that is the type of rhetoric we heard in the white house, but the media cared the water on. they were the ones reporting on the tea party that was untrue simply because the tea party wanted smaller government. nancy pelosi said this is outrageous but we should look into citizens united. even though it's bad we should continue doing it. national organization for marriages and two reporters targeted. it's the chicago way. he said he changed d.c. the way they do business -- boy, has he ever. >> dana: i'm going to spay you on the head in aacp. >> greg: this is how tolerance turns into fascism. if you are against obama you must be a racist. that gives implicit approval for persecution. i have to defend the tea party once again. they are basically your parents. they are dorky but always right. if the media had listened to the tea party when they said this was
president pardons 23 prisoners on friday. it comes after a meeting scheduled with barack obama next week. it's likely a move to emphasize his performance or stance. the pardon applied to 23 political prisoners being held in eight prisons in the largest city yangon. the facility is notorious for harsh treatment of detainees under the former military regime. >> translator: i don't think the president, because he's just doing good things to create a good image for himself. we're released now, but it's intentionally done before his visit to the u.s. president. it's only a means of exchanging political interests. >> a separate pardon by the myanmar government was made just before obama visited the country last year. yet another was granted last month after the eu lifted most of their economic sanctions on myanmar. next week, thein sein will become the first myanmar president to visit washington in 47 years. >>> the powerful cyclone dissipated quickly after affecting bangladesh and myanmar, but it left casualties in its wake. and now residents are going back to their homes. afp says the storm kill
. >> the irs news is a political gift to a republican party, strained right now and potentially divided on immigration and guns that can now unite around two things they can agree to dislike, the obama administration and the nrnal revenue service. the news is a gift it republicans like mitch mcconnell and lindsey graham and any incumbent in washington who will now get to domgemagogue the hec out of the story. don't be surprised if we hear from the president on this story for the first time at his 11:15 joint press conference, british prime minister david cameron. >>> finally, this could be an important weekend in presidential 2016 politics. kentucky senator rand paul made his iowa debut over the weekend in cedar rapids. is he the iowa frontrunner already? at the annual spring fund-raising event. he got the biggest applause line of the night by taking on hillary clinton over her handling of benghazi. >> first question for hillary clinton. where in the hell were the marines? they're asking for security. they're bleeding for security and they got nothing. it was inexcusable. it was a derel
started the job. for the whitems house, one is these kinds of scandals and issues have political energy. there is only a certain amount of that. all of the deals president obama wants to do with the rest of his agenda has to be done with the same people in congress. they are howling for his blood over the scandals. yes, it is a problem. >> he said that is not easy when you are surrounded by this kind of criticism. this issue of the irs and the taxes and the scrutiny on conservative groups, to what extent does that make republicans angry and why is it so critical for americans to be seen as independent? andt is horrible on left right. on the right it confirms their deepest paranoia about how government acts. that they feel the government is overbearing anyway and in particular, they are honing in on them. it confirms their worst fantasies. the left of brings back memories of richard nixon who tried to use the irs to target his political enemies. it plays horribly on either side and that is why you stop president obama's reaction so strong when he was with david cameron. effort is to the
, the importance of that. he's doing for sport in america what barack obama did for politics. >> well, but the barriers had been broken in sports in other sports, and in fact, lee elder and charlie sippert and a few other african golfers had been on the tour. tiger broke through as a winner. >> he broke through in what was still a predominantly white sport. >> no question about it. it was tremendously symbolic when he won his first major at augusta in 1997, where a generation earlier, he might not have been able to play. >> when he made his comeback recently, starting to play well, nike took out these ads basically saying winning is all that matters. a lot of women got quite upset about that. it's not, actually. cost him his marriage and so on. >> in the end, as a sports lover, they had a point, didn't they? it is about winning, isn't it? >> i think a lot of people are able to separate and that doesn't mean that they approve of or dismiss misbehavior, but they are able to separate an athletic performance from personal behavior. they're also able to make a distinction between athletic
on the president's political opponents is now running the irs arm of obama care? can it actually happen? no. >> well, democrats defending her saying, look, she was gone six months before her subordinates even knew about what was unfolding. democrats coming to her defense and republicans saying that's not true. that time line doesn't mesh she did oversee the subordinates who knew what was going on with the irs. >> let's be clear, there was not a single tea party group to receive irs tax exempt status for 27 months. meanwhile all kinds of left wing progressive groups got their status including flakey ones, a flake charity called the barack h. ba ramah in alexandria virginia is not even real and they got it in 32 days. >> so fast the turnover for any democratic. >> not just the republicans being prevented from entering into political debate democrats got fast tracked. >> alisyn: curious to see how much money people make and look at their paychecks. this is what has been published about sarah hall ingram when she was in charge. in $2,009,179,000. almost $180,000. her salary went up during the c
in office. yes, it was a bad week for the white house politically. maybe the worst of obama's second term. will it derail his legacy? after all, he promised to help us prosper. >> we believe that america's prosperity must rest upon the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. we know that america thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work. when the wages of honest labor liberate family from the brink of hardship. >> this white house is stuck in crisis management, not legacy building. for now. >> the chief political strategist at potomac research group and the editorial director of the national journal, gentlemen, welcome to the program. greg, it is not off i get to see teapot dome scandal on television. we're trying to put this in perspective. really trying to put this really into perspective. you say the scandals could push democrats away from the president this summer. put it in perspective for me. how does it hurt our economic recovery or does it matter? >> i think it is going to hurt barack obama's ability to spin a pretty good story with the economy impr
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. >>> and now, here's your "first look" at this morning's look at scrambled politics. some republicans say the benghazi scandal will cause president obama's downfall. but a new poll reveals how little americans know about the incident. a survey from public policy polling shows 41% of republicans consider it to be the biggest political scandal in american history. that's compared to 10% of democrats and 20% of independents. of those republicans, 39% don't know where benghazi is. 10% in egypt. 9% in iran. for the record, it's libya. president obama will be seeing double in his cabinet meetings. john kerry's younger brother will become the acting commerce secretary. he serves as the department's general counsel. >>> caroline kennedy will be in a new york courtroom today after being selected as a juror for a felony drug trial. while answering her jury questionnaire, she declined to answer if any of her family had been a victim of a crime. and said she knew a few people with a drug problem. >>> vermont lawmakers have passed legislation permitting doctor-assisted suicide. it has strong support f
. as president obama does damage control on a trio of political controversies and parts of the democratic get panicy about what they believe is a too passive white house in response, is this just a bad week for the white house or the beginning of another summer of political discontent that essentially ends the ledge it lative portion of the term. yesterday, blamed lapses in the irs on the bureaucrats. saying the fact that employees singled out groups was because of bad management, not political motives. the inspector general's report says the quote inappropriate criteria was used for 18 months in targets groups for review. it resulted in unnecessary information requests. the report blames insufficient oversight by irs management, but quotes irs supervisors as saying no one outside the irs asked the conservative groups, get the extra scrutiny. the report also reveals that some applications were delayed and have remained open for years. most were never denied. yesterday at a news conference, attorney general eric holder promise promised an investigation. >> i think as everyone can agree, if not
think by the way that hurts idea this is not being simply a politicized attack on the democrats obama and clinton. how are they not a highly political group and why are they suddenly eligible for the tax exemption. much of the tea party efforts stem from direct mail efforts. that could be why they said do you have tea party or patriotic in the title. just comes too close to the nerve of political intimidation and cannot be tolerated. >> chris: one more thing that is striking about this. the irs did not official aannounce this. the president of the united states did not officially apologize. the treasury secretary did not officially apologize. it came out because a mid level manager the person at the irs in charge of reviewing the tax exempt organizations was having a q&a session with a bunch of tax lawyers. they he asked a question and she answered the question. that is how the whole story came out and perhaps not so coincidentally came out just days before the treasury inspector general was about to issue a report slamming them on this. itthat is what ties it together. this is just s
to proceed. we'll break down the numbers and the politics and growing gop opposition to president obama's labor pick. could the nomination of thomas perez be in trouble? >>> welcome to the journal editorial report. i'm paul gigot. riveting testimony about the deadly assault on the u.s. mission in benghazi. gregory hicks gave an emotional recount of the night of september 12th, 2012. it draws new attention surrounding the attack and how the administration handled its aftermath. >> when ambassador stevens talked to you minutes before he died as a dying declaration, what precisely did he say to you? >> he said, greg, we're under attack. >> did he mention one word about a protest or a demonstration? >> no, sir, he did not. >> so fast forward, to the sunday talk shows and ambassador susan rice. she blamed the attack on the video and she did it five different times. what was your reaction to that? >> i was stunned. my jaw dropped. i was embarrassed. >> joining the panel this week, wall street deputy editor damage henningger and brett stevens and jason riley. so dan, what is the single most im
'donnell. it was a defiant president obama today, let's see he used political circus, sideshow, and no "there" there. if there was any doubt about how the president feels about the benghazi probe coming from capitol hill, i think we now know. >> no question. chuck, contrast that to how he approached the irs story, the question was a two-parter, actually a three-parter. on the irs, these actions are outrageous, i will not tolerate it. on benghazi, clearly he, this is a digging in. this is, he does not think, he does see this as purely political by republicans. he does not, there was no apology for some of the discrepancy in the talking points, he dismissed as you used the words, he dismissed the focus on the talking points as a sideshow. emotional, i don't want to say angry. but clearly perturbed that he was still talking about this, being asked about it real contrast to how he approached the irs, i would say frankly the irs is more understandable and therefore more dangerous to the obama administration. i think at least at this point than benghazi. >> the tone thing caught me. i want to go to the ir
to say the political point is enormous. they are suspicious of obama's big government about to take over immigration, this is going to do it. don't blow it. >> i am waiting for the e-mail that surfaces that comes from the white house from somebody in that area to the irs saying you know that scandal, break it now. >> coming up, a verdict reached this afternoon in the trial of dr. kermit gosnell. kimberly is live outside the philadelphia courthouse with the details. first, more on president obama's remarks on benghazi and the impact the scandal could have on hillary clinton if she once in 2016. ♪ ♪ >> all right, well koll back to "the five." here is the thing, benghazi is talking a lot about it and people cannot help themselves to talk about the possible fallout from the politics of it. everyone is wanting to know will this hurt former secretary of state hillary clinton if she then decides to run for president in 2016. two senators, senator income cane and senator feinstein were on the sunday shows yesterday and here is what they had to say. >> she had to be in the loop someway. i cal
out, frankly, has a lot to do with political motivation. >> angry president obama today calling the battle over benghazi political. my next guest knows a lot about washington's dysfunctional politics, republican olympia snowe after the senate after three terms when she became convinced that congress is simply not doing its job. she's still dedicated to fixing the system and keeping america great. she's the author of fighting for common ground. she joins me now. before we go further, i want to read a tweet from rocky m which says careful attacking the administration, you might get deported. we have been down this path earlier this year and i'm within my first amendment rights. i'm aloud lowed to have an opin so i'm relaxed on that. if you want to tweet me, i will use a few of those tomorrow night. senator, you heard me talking earlier to a few people about what's been going on. this is a bad, bad week for barack obama, isn't it? >> it is, for the president and i think the sooner he can get ahead of it and the white house and to address all these issues and these concerns, the bet
with political motivations. >> president obama also saying today that the e-mails leaked on friday that showed the revision process for the administration's original talking points on benghazi, those revisions, those e-mails, that information had been released to congress months ago. congressional committees, he said reviewed them several months ago, concluded that in fact there was nothing afoul in terms of the process we used, but then suddenly three days ago, this gets spun up as if there's something new to the story. the president concluded by saying there's no there there. we'll have more to come this hour and the other story, the irs story that the president also reacted to very strongly and with very sharp language. all ahead this hour. but this is one of those news days when the news was breaking like waves in the ocean. just one thing after the other. the largest late breaking wave of news today was about the associated press. it is a story that both broken by the "associated press," and it is a story about them, as well. in what seems to be an unprecedented action, the department of
will be back later this hour. first, another week and another obama scandal. president obama took to the podium today to confront two pressing scandals threatening the very credibility of his administrati. benghazi and the irs targeting the president's political enemies. on friday abc uncovered bombshell evidence that team obama was covering up evidence evidence -- information in the benghazi terror attacks that left four americans dead. the other problematic story is about the irs. we learned about an effort to target and even harass conservative groups for being conservative. let's start with benghazi and here is what the president claims he said about the attack. >> the day after it happened i acknowledged that this was an act of terrorism. what i pledged to the american people was we would find out what happened, we would make sure it did not happen again and we would make sure we held accountable those who perpetrated this terrible crime. >> mr. president, you didn't call it terror from the get go. remember when you said this? we do. >> here is what happened. you had a video released by so
happening to us for the past 50 years. let's talk about it. ♪ >> president obama has been clear. he thinks the irs playing politics with nonprofits is nutrageous. but all republicans want to do is spout conspiracy theorize -- excuse me. conspiracy theories. they just don't seem to hold up. joining me is dana milbank of "the washington post." >> hello there, reverend. >> dana, what is this about? >> well, once again, republicans are taking a real problem and attaching unreal political motives to it. >> okay, but i wanna know. what is this about? you're a man but your name is dana. >> well, al. but there's lo
been happening to us for the past 50 years. let's talk about it. ♪ >> president obama has been clear. he thinks the irs playing politics with nonprofits is nutrageous. but all republicans want to do is spout conspiracy theorize -- excuse me. conspiracy theories. they just don't seem to hold up. joining me is dana milbank of "the washington post." >> hello there, reverend. >> dana, what is this about? >> well, once again, republicans are taking a real problem and attaching unreal political motives to it. >> okay, but i wanna know. what is this about? you're a man but your name is dana. >> well, al. but there's lots of men named dana. >> well, i don't trust it. >> you know what, i'm going to call you dan a. now dan a., obama, he said he's going to get to the bottom of this irs mess, but republicans won't take yes for an answer. you know what? let's take a look at jimmy fallon show and take a look at a clip featuring senator mcconnell. >> friday night we had sushi on the lawn.
it on her in order to score political points. >> it's hard to imagine the obama administration is criticizing anyone for being political when this administration has been out on the stump campaigning forever about everything. >> where does it go from here? has it damaged hillary? will it damage hillary clinton, should she decide to run? >> i think that, you know, it's going to be difficult for any democrat. there's sort of a history of a country not giving a presence, -- a president in essence a third term. but yes, i do think this will come back and haunt her again and again. and i disagree. there have been some new details that have come out on the kind of furious infighting that was happening and the fact that the first impulse was to protect the state department. >> right. it was about politics but it seems to be internal state politics not to get thrown under the bus by the cia for not paying attention to the security. thanks for joining us. >>> coming up, honoring mom. from both sides of the aisle. >> after ten year. your day to unplug. with centurylink as your technology
obama and prime minister cameron fielded tricky questions on the issue of domestic politics, but on the issue of syria they showed a united front. >> warm-up meeting gat -- the g gathering the british prime minister will host in june. >> they hope to kick offer negotiations towards an e.u.- u.s.a. trade pact. syria's history says david cameron is being written in the blood of its people. a transitional government is required that can win the consent of everyone. >> but there will be no political progress unless the opposition is able to withstand the onslaught and put pressure on assad so he knows there is no military victory. so we will also increase our efforts to support and to shape the moderate opposition. britain is pushing for more flexibility in the e.u. arms embargo, and we will double non-lethal support to the syrian opposition in the coming year. >> cameron's tone was sharper than president obama, but there wasn't much between the two men and not much new to say. they may have been at different news conferences. president obama was pressed on the controversy surro
. the government is getting bigger and bigger and power is nor centralized, and obama, whenever something happens he has excuses, well, it's low level, well, they are playing politics. folks, it's real world. the irs is out of control, the department of hhs with obamacare is out of control. the agriculture department with the scandal with the payoffs to different groups is completely out of control. the interior department and oil drilling. the government is big, bloated and it's getting more and more powerful and if you you believe in liberty, you better start paying attention. >> this is simple. the american people deserve the truth, the families of these four dead americans deserve the truth. not the lies that were spun after the fact to protect themselves politically. i think we deserve the truth about the irs. the press, i would think, would want to know the truth about why they are tapping the phones of reporters. it seems to me democrats would want the answers to that, wouldn't they? >> well, look at this benghazi matter. we all know, even people who are paying half attention, that there w
records go to the hated irs. this has to be one of the biggest political losers in history. >> well, even the president said it was outrageous. you know, this kind of -- >> not obama care. >> no. but the misuse of the irs. the irs, whether you like them or not, whatever your position may be, they have to be sackery sank. there has to be some confidence immediately. not some long, drawn-out hearing but a focused investigation by special counsel, free of conflicts, in order to restore the confidence people have. otherwise tax code doesn't work. >> 16,000 irs agents coming. did you know that? >> oh, yeah. >> 16,000. >> you're going to see that on campaign posters and campaign ads. look, republicans have struggled for so long to come up with an argument that makes sense and now they can say the irs is dysfunctional, it's playing politics. >> and they won't be even-handed. you're asking the irs to regulate obamacare, tax hikes, and mandates, which could mean regulating the very people they were just attacking and coming after. in other words, tea party groups -- guys -- might not want to pay t
. >> president obama says that washington's recent focus on politics is misplaced. he is using his weekly recent address to plead for more efforts to expand the middle class. >> the way i see it, there are three areas where we need to focus. one: making america a magnet for good jobs. to: making sure our workers have the education and skills they need to do those jobs. and 3: making sure that your hard work leads to a decent living. >> this week's republican address criticize the president's health-care law. maryland congressman andy harris said that obama care could raise insurance rates for average americans. he also believes it will cost jobs across the country. >> a commuter train crashed in connected has a more than 60 people to the hospital. accident happened last night on the metro north railroad, which serves the new york city suburbs. passengers described a terrifying scene of crunching metal and flying bodies. six people remained in critical condition. as a result, amtrak has suspended service indefinitely if between new york and boston. >> the 2013 tour of california cycling race is n
for the white house politically, maybe the worst of obama's second term, but will it derail his legacy? after all, he promised to help us prosper. >> we believe it must rest on the broad shoulders of a rising middle class. we know america thrives when every person can find independence and pride in their work, when the wages of honest labor liberate families from the brink of hardship. >> but this white house is stuck in crisis management, not legacy building, for now. greg is the chief political strategist at potomac. and ron is here with us. gentleman, welcome to the program. greg, it's not very often i get to say teapot dome scandal on television. we're trying to put this in perspective, really put this in perspective. you say these scandals could push democrats away from the president this summer. put in perspective, how does it hurt our economic recovery, or does it matter? >> i think it's going to hurt barack obama's ability to spin a pretty good story with the economy improving, with the budget deficit plunging. i think that would be a slight negative for him. as you mentioned at the b
benghazi in the days after the attack. on sunday senator john mccain accused the obama administration of taking part in a coverup. >>> the internal revenue service is being accused of playing politics. the agency is accused of singling out conservative single groups applying for exempt status, and there are calls for president obama to address the issue. susan mcginnis is in washington with the latest. good morning, susan. >> good morning, vinita. the irs admits that the workers there used key word os to try to ferret out conservative groups and then target them for scrutiny. the head of the division apologized on friday and on sunday the republicans hit the morning talk shows to express their outrage. republicans are called on president obama to apologize for the actions of the internal revenue service. the agency admits to using extra scrutiny with certain political groups during the 2012 election. >> the president needs to make it crystal clear that this is totally unacceptable in america. he points out that the irs is an independent agency. the irs apologized for unfairly targetin
for these tax forms. but to the broader discussion of the obama administration may be doing things that are politically motivated. targeting groups that are politically motivated. i don't think that that's farfetched. one thing i draw parallel to is the occupy moment, and obama members went to open group and demanded twitter and over private information of their twitter users involved in the open movement. i don't know whether or not the irs is going to do something politically movement: that's why i'm hoping there is a thorough investigation to figure out whether or not this is the case, but bringing attention to this story is definitely justified. >> with the way he's speaking about it. this is an outrageous things. they came out and said we're going get deep into this. the president obama--the problem is you can't guarantee it. marco rubio was asking for the resignation of the commissioner already. to make it a link to president to say no matter what you guys say this is what is going to happen. >> it's a big rallying point for discussion from the right but there is more and mo
political groups. mr. obama called the profiling outrageous. he told reporters that he didn't know until last friday that the irs targeted tea party groups for two years at the agency's center in cincinnati. the irs admits the agents focused on groups with tea party in their name. >> if you've got the irs operating in anything less than a neutral and nonpartisan way, then that is outrageous, it is contrary to our traditions and people have to be held accountable and it's got to be fixed. >> all right, well, you heard there the president coming out with that critiqontribut critiq but its unclear why the irs would even take this approach. >> here's sam brock with the story. >> a lot of peop >> -- the president came out yesterday condemning -- no one thinks this is a good idea. the reality check is what exactly can you learn from the name of a social welfare group which is what they were trying to do, allegedly. according to the irs 2012 data, there's about 93,000 of these social network groups. the name we're about to tell you tell you very little about the spending beliefs or -- $300 mill
on them. he is really angry. if the irs agents played politics, does president obama have patience with it? will he tolerate it? >> have i no patience with it. i will not tolerate it. >> glad i asked. more importantly, will pigs tolerate baby goats? >> like i said, first gay marriage, and then you will have goats and pigs living together in the farm. out in the open there could be kids around there seeing a goat and a pig together and what are they going to say? that's not happening on noah's arc. >> technically those were kids. >> tea partiers, joe, they are evil people who deserve this, right? >> absolutely. >> aren't you relieved they are the target? >> if you want to spend spring break in chechnya, oh, don't pay attention to that. yes, this is bad. i think they are trying to say it is a couple of rogue agents, but we don't buy that. nobody is going after the progressive groups. >> the next step is there has to be an impeachment and say i agree or you have to leave. >> how do you punish these people? they work for the irs. that is the ultimate punishment. i don't even know where you go
from politically conservative groups seeking tax exempt status. president obama spoke about it for the first time calling the situation outrageous and saying that someone needs to be held accountable. >> i have no patience with it. i will not tolerate it and we will make sure that we find out exactly what happened. >> senator marco rubio is among those calling for hearings and investigations into the matter. >>> governor brown will release the revised spending plan today. it will reveal a revenue wind fall. california's cash flow is as much as $5 billion better than january projections. and because of various propositions passed over the years, most of that money could go to education. some california universities have a new way to get extra money out of students. csus are charging a $75 fee to participate in graduation ceremonies. add machine stray tores say the cost of renting facilities for ceremonies is not covered by tuition. but some students say it's just unfair. >> we worked this hard to graduate and get through it, why should we have to pay to participate. >> keep i
of people who are admittedly racist, overly political, who tried as best they can to harm president obama in every a way they can. i don't think there are correct parallels between the incident. it was wrong for the irs to behave in this heavy-handed manner. they didn't explain well before or now what they are doing and why they are doing, it but there are no parallels between the two. >> chairman, what do you think the fallout will be for the obama administration, especially during a time when the tea party lost other little air. do you think this will help inflate that especially as we ramp up to the mid-terms for 2013? >> i hope not. they are the taliban wing of american politics and we all ought to be a little worried about them. >> sir, do you think that's a little harsh, calling them the taliban wing ever american politics? >> not at all, not at all. >> joining me, fox news political analyst juan williams. juan williams, i don't think anybody, any organization, regardless of political affiliation, should be target fourth what they believe in. i assume you agree with me, not julianne
look at nothing but political -- he's a political appointee. he's done everything this protect obama here heretofore. if you look at the specific cases that i mentioned, he has not shown an ability to be objective and discerning of in getting involved with anybody in the administration. i think we need outside counsel to come in and give an object i have, discerning eye to this. your thoughts. >> this administration should not be trusted to investigate itself. whether benghazi or the account ability review board, who did a tremendously poor job in exposing everything that went on or whether it's the current a.p. scandal and we are still trying to find out who within the department of justice authorized it. the common thread seems to be for the administration, the only agency for which the administration is ultimately responsible is seal team 6. for everyone else they don't know what is going on or why it is going on so now we will trust these bumbling people to investigate themselves? >> danielle, why would you trust them to investigate themselves? why would you do that? >> i guess i
kudlow report." as the new york times slammed obama ma today for his political woes and questionable vision, the president, himself, held a news conference where he rejected calls for an irs special council, which i think is a huge mistake. meanwhile, another top irs official has stepped down. cnbc correspondent john harwood joins us now with the details. good evening, john. >> good evening, larry, the president again was trying to get past this scandal yesterday by firing the acting irs commissioner stephen mill early. today it was by rejecting calls for a special count sim. he justified that at a n
speech. that's pretty much what it boils down to. >>> president obama said today that that is the whole reason he got involved in politics in the first place. >> we also live in a democracy where a free press, free expression, and the open flow of information helps hold me accountable, helps hold our government accountable and helps our democracy function. and the whole reason i got involved in politics is because i believe so deeply in that democracy and that process. >> president obama speaking today. is he right about his own articulated history. he has been making the case about the importance of our open government from the very beginning. it was certainly a big part of why he ran for president. >> i'll make our government open and transparent so that anyone can ensure that our business is the people's business. a justice once said sunlight is the greatest disinfectant. >> so that's part of why we've had so much trouble is we haven't invited the american people to participate in the process. that's why i always focus on accountability and transparency in our government. >> that is
start with politics. >> good to be here. >> you go way back with president obama and the campaign. you helped campaign as far back as 2007. >> that's correct. >> i want to show you this picture. it's you, president obama and i'm in it. and this is some journey. how do you think he's done? >> i think he's done an incredible job. you've got to think about all of the problems that he had to face when he first started and he's making his way through a lot of tough decisions and tough situations. yeah, i think he's doing phenomenal. >> what would you like to see done before he leaves office? >> he will wiwell, you know, co tackle the situation that we're in, the fiscal things that we have coming up in terms of our deficit and all of that stuff. the broad stroke stuff, if we could continue to bring some of that stuff down, that would be great, get people back to work as much as possible. >> that night when we were at a dinner in washington and he was talking to us, you guys were teasing about you playing him with a movie. >> you were sleek about getting him over here. you said, come with me.
obama care which the president defends and a lot of people like, or medicare and social security, you have a model an intrusive an unfair political internal revenue service that goes to the very heart of the conservative argument against obama and against government. >> i agree with that. this is an extreme situation, on the one hand the president seems out of control. he hears about things in the newspaper, the i.r.s. situation, the f.b.i. investigation, the "associated press." he hears about it and says so. the other part is the government seems to be getting in our face. >> you elected in president obama somebody who believes in a larger role for government. i mean, that is the opposite of the tea party. chris: why doesn't he want to run the government? >> that's a very good question. because i think this is a president who has disdane for the political side of the job, but he likes the intellectual side of the job. chris: what about the executive side of the job? >> part of that executive side of the job i would argue would not be just having a chairman offensive for the last coup
president obama there's six indictments of be suspected leakers. it has paid political dividends by taking away a historic advantage from republicans. but there's civil liberties concerns and loyalty to a democratic president. obama defended his administration's records on leaks and national security at a press conference on thursday. >> leaks related to national security can put people at risk. they can put men and women in uniform that i've sent into the battlefield at risk. i make no apologies and the american people don't expect me not be concerned about information that might compromise their position or bring them killed. >> i want to bring in shane. we were talking about this in the first part of the show, the term scandal in way really could apply to this ongoing story of aggressive tactics by this administration and by the administration before it, the bush administration towards government whistle blowers. we had six prosecutions of government leakers, six indictments of government leakers under obama and i want does seem to raise, to raise some questions that maybe are uncomfort
of political news, well, you get the point. he adds obama is in his second term, which is when scandals are most likely to take place, so there you have it. republicans don't like the president. there's an empty news cycle. the president is in his second term. it is predetermined that reporting on an overblown scandal is what the media are going to be doing. these conditions don't excuse what the irs has done to tea party groups. these don't excuse the overreach. both of those stories should get the media's full attention and scrutiny. yet, now that we are dealing with an empty news story -- when there is actual news out there. you want scandalous? this is my nominee. the ruler of guatemala in the early 1980s. on friday, he was found guilty of genocide. he oversaw the slaughter of nearly 2,000 indigenous people. guatemalan court ordered the -- to apologize. of course, no one pays attention to the story of a dictator in a place like guatemala unless, oh, i don't know -- >> i know that president rios is a man of great personal integrity and commitment. i know he wants to improve the quali
, talking about d.c. versus obama. talking about the fact that there was not a reservoir of goodwill for the president with the democratic friends and allies around town. his political fortunes are no longer tied with democrats who are being more critical of him. and the press corps, has gotten beaten up for being pro-obama, soft on obama. at the same time the white house was complaining to us. they have no incentive to go easy, either. >> mike allen politico. >>> lost in the stories is surprising budget news. the nation's federal deficit is shrinking faster than anticipated. the cbo expects a deficit for the 2013 fiscal year. it's more than $200 billion lower than the previous estimate just three months ago. the adjustment reflects new revenue, thanks from changes in tax laws and increase in payments from fannie mae and freddie mac. the cbo's current projection would mark the lowest deficit yet under president obama. >>> another u.s. service member assigned to a military sexual assault program under investigation for sexual misconduct. the pentagon says a u.s. army sergeant could fa
't have to be sherlock holmes. >> the irs was all about electing obama. >> it should not matter what political stripe you're from. the irs has to operate with absolute integrity. >> the president called them tea baggers. he said he wanted to punish his enemies. >> when citizens fear the government, there is tyranny. >> the internal revenue service will be the enforcing mechanism of obama care. >> it's clear they were on a jihad. >> bureaucracy on spring break gone wild. >>> good afternoon. we begin with a scandal that is gripping the republican party as they try to gauge just how far they can stretch the parameters of controversy that are troubling the white house. at this hour, the president is doing his level best to get on with governing. meeting with defense secretary hagel to address the troubling frequency of sexual assault in the military. earlier today he met with the turkish prime minister. the grave crisis in syria central to their discussions as well as security in the broader region. and responding to the outcry over benghazi, the president announced action to prevent any
cloudy but when it comes to the political climate is white house is learning when it rains it pours. president obama came out swinging thursday while republicans hammer away at a trifecta of controversies. nbc's danielle leigh is in washington. good morning. >> reporter: richard, good morning. first up today, lawmakers are sure to express their outrage with steven miller, the former tax commissioner forced to resign, now on capitol hill today. in just a couple hours he's going to be testifying about what happened and how. senior white house budget official daniel wuerffel is taking over as the irs chief. he was appointed by president obama. >> it is just simply unacceptable for there to even be a hint of partisanship for ideology when it comes to the application of our tax laws. >> reporter: the former agency boss forced to resign testifies before a house committee today. meanwhile, a manager for the irs branch accused of improperly targeting conservative political groups now says he's retiring. >> nothing dissolves the bonds between the people and their government like the arroganc
.j. dionne, do you think presidential politics played into these talking points as the right wing is accusing the obama administration of backing off on the word "terror," making sure that al qaeda was not included in the talking points, and -- because, of course, that would have made president obama look weak going into an election that he couldn't keep us safe, and they didn't have their eye on the ball. your thoughts on that? >> well, first, ed, welcome back and happy mother's day to wendy and to katrina too. >> thank you. >> it's good to have you on the air again. look, i think anything that is issued from the government of the united states, from an kpeskt agency during an election, the election's on everybody's mind and would it shock me if electoral concerns are in the back of people's heads? no, it wouldn't. but i think you've got it right when you say that this was primarily a bureaucratic turf battle between the state department and the cia. and one of the reasons they got shrunk and shrunk and shrunk is the more you took out, the less you offended one side or the other. but i think
monitoring and targe targeting people based on the political view points. >> then today obama comes out and says if this is happening. well it did happen. it was admitted so why is he still trying to cover it up. >> conservative group like the tea party long suspicious of government motive. now they say they have good reason. in the east bay allen wong abc 7 ws. >> cal-trans officials will have to answer some tough questions about the bold failure on the bay bridge. state senator mark will oversee committee hearing tomorrow on this issue earlier today the federal highway administration agreed to look into the problem of bolt cracking. cal-trans requested review to help determine whether bridge con still open on labor day as planned. state investigation blames manufacturing area -- era for making the bolt brittl brittle. >> expected traffic delay along highway 101 in san jose tonight. crew removing graffiti that covers a rail crossing at 13 street. city leaders call it an eye sore. it took awhile to get approval to client up because the trestle owned by cal trans so bit tricky. w
's worrisome that the government is none monitoring and targe targeting people based on the political view points. >> then today obama comes out and says if this is happening. well it did happen. it was admitted so why is he still trying to cover it up. >> conservative group like the tea party long suspicious of government motive. now they say they have good reason. in the east bay allen wong abc 7 news. >> cal-trans officials will have to answer some tough questions abfailure failure on the bay bridge. state senator mark will oversee committee hearing tomorrow on this issue earlier today the federal highway administration agreed to look into the proem of bolt cracking. cal-trans requested review to help determine whether bridge con still open on labor day as planned. state investigation blames manufacturing area -- era for making the bolt brittl brittle. >> expected traffic delay along highway 101 in san jose tonight. crew removing graffiti thatail covers a rail crossing at 13 street. city leaders call it an eye sore. it took awhile to get approval to client up because the trestle
day of the week. gerri: the obama administration is in damage control mode dealing with the political fallout of three separate scandals. it's response to the terrorist attack in benghazi, the irs's targeting of conservative groups, and the justice department's seizure of the full records. lou dobbs laid out exactly how far back the irs scandal goes. lou: in the initial phase of targeting, ten tea party organizations were targeted. by june of 2011, the irs expanded that criteria used to scrutinize applications used on groups working on issues like government debt, taxes, and groups who were critical, god forbid, of how the country is being run, end quote. by this time, the irs had flagged more than 100 tea party related applications, and senior irs officials were aware of it. gerri: lou joining me now. what are you talking about tonight, lou? lou: not letting up on the scandals, and looking at how they divide washington into two basic camps, those seeking the truth, and those trying to dodge or deny the truth, and we're naming names tonight, those who try to hold the administration ac
pleasure. you did a great job. political analysts pointing of president obama may be facing a second term curse. first the failed gunboat than the night north korea cyber rattling and leading fund behind in syria then benghazi now the irs and we cannot forget the headlines on obamacare as lou dobbs point* out. >> the essential tenets of obamacare putting people onstage based insurance exchanges that were set to open october 1st but the states themselves do not want them. the federal government has to help or run completely 33 of those exchanges. big insurers don't want it a part of this deal. united health, the nation's largest insurer said it will join no more than 25 exchanges may be as few as 10. talk about a train wreck. gerri: definitely. he joins me now. what about tonight? >> obamacare because the irs is in charge of forcing -- and forcing obamacare to make sure the train wreck arrives on time but the irs is now involved of the train wreck that they singled out conservative groups for scrutiny before the 2012 election. tonight we will show you how far the scandal reaches and why it
. that is what it is. we have a perfect case of hypocrisy for you. we are told that the obama scandal is all politics. they have no financial impact. you and your money will sail on. i think that is wishful thinking on the part of the left. i think policy will be affected and perhaps, america will win. benghazi. three scandals. the president appears to have misled the country or he is an incompetent manager. this cost him time and clinical capital. just look into the very near future. he has to come to terms with congress on a budget all in six months. all the time, he is trying to do this, there will be a series of congressional hearings and investigations. it takes time to get your stories straight. yes, he won the election. during his campaign, the irs harassed his opponents. these scandals will bite into his economic agenda. in my opinion, that is a good thing. i, for one, has had enough. democrats will be thinking long and hard about how close they want to get to a president tainted by scandal. if they fail to regain control of the house, the obama campaign is a non-starter for the rest
removed from the bill before final passage. so how much do you think the politics around health care and around obama care impact the ultimate decision. >> i think the justices are very aware of what was going on. after the health care decision, i spoke with one who said he really didn't know why but he really felt the outside political pressure more than he had in other cases. not that it affected his decision but it was really hyped. that's really the hardest question to ask, when is the court doing politics. when is the court doing law. >> what i try to say to people in the book. each justice is the sum total of his or her life experiences in life and the law. and they bring those experiences to bear on the cases before them. the results are what the resultsful are i think we would be naive to believe they don't have certain ideological inclintonations. what also makes this time very interesting to watch this, i point out, for the first time in decades, we have five justices pointed by republican presidents and four by democratic presidents. >> and i want to get you to compare thi
, president obama testing the weather before he hit the links today, but he's still in damage control mode, trying to pivot back to a safer topic, the economy. >> too often, our politics aren't focused on the same things you are. working hard, supporting your family and supporting your community. making sure your kids have every chance in life. >> reporter: but republicans are digging in, aiming to broaden the scope of the irs investigation. >> if we've learned anything this week it's that the irs needs less power, not more. >> reporter: may arguably be the president's worst week to date. it reached a pinnacle friday when outgoing irs acting commissioner steven miller apologized for not revealing for a year that tea party and other conservative groups applying for tax exempt status had been targeted for extra scrutiny. >> we provided horrible customer service here. i will admit that. >> reporter: the tactic was a foolish mistake, miller said, but not a case of politics. republicans didn't buy it. >> if the targeting wasn't targeting, if the targeting wasn't based on philosophy, how come on
. >> i think, talk about politics first. you saw the president say, he used the word outrageous to describe. this more importantly, he said i thought it was significant. obama said, this is something that i think people are properly concerned about. the president often thinks things we're about, people are overly concern about. so he and the white house are really trying to say this is a real scandal. we're really going to talk about this in detail and i think it was because they were not dregly implicated. on the policy matter, we've had several hearings. the irs was suspected of being involved in too closely scrutinizing group. this is a real problem. let me tell you something i looked up earlier today on the irs data. about 1% of individual tax returns, when you and your wife file a return, are audited. about 12 person are done for millionaires because they have more money. about 17% of corporations have audits done. it looks like 25 or 50, a really high number of tea party group, it appears were audited. that suggests, that's really dangerous. to make a joke about this. i wo
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to dan lothian. >> reporter: trying to step out of a political sink hole, president obama expressed anger at misconduct within the irs. >> it's inexcusable and americans are right to be angry about it and i am angry about it. i will not tolerate this kind of behavior in any agency. >> the agency's acting commissioner steve miller was asked to resign and president obama vowed to put in place new safeguards and work with congressional investigators. >> i'll do everything in my power to make sure nothing like this happens again. >> but this scandal threatens to run much deeper, the justice department has launched a criminal investigation and attorney general eric holder was on the hot seat wednesday pressed for answers by the house judiciary committee. >> i would strongly encourage this administration to get out front, get all the facts out, let the chips fall where they may. >> the irs scandal has drawn bipartisan outrage, but some top republicans already seem convinced laws were broken. >> my question isn't about who's going to resign, my question is, who's going to jail over this scandal?
lives? did political consideration influence the obama administration's immediate response in don't miss "this week" with george stephanopoulos coming up at 8:00 right here on abc7. >>> we have the winning numbers from last night's $270 million power ball draw. 6, 13, 19, 23, 43, the meganumber 16. no one got all six numbers, but there is someone in the bay area who is a bit richer this morning. three tickets in california matched five numbers, but missed that power number. one ticket was purchased in petaluma. each ticket is worth $573,000. wednesday's jackpot climbs to $350 million. the odds of winning power ball, about 1 in $175 million. i wasn't anywhere near petaluma so i guess it's not me. >> me either. >> okay. well, the weather is a winning combination today. but there is some wind? >> that's right. by 1:00 in the afternoon san francisco really feeling that sea breeze. over 20 miles an hour. so expecting your high temperature in the city early on. by about noontime it should be hitting the low 700 he is and then it's downhill after that as the sea breeze kicks up. still plenty of
political consideration influence the obama administration's immediate response? don't miss "this week" with george stephanopoulos coming up at 8:00 right here on abc7. >>> we have the winning numbers from last night's $270 million power ball draw. 6, 13, 19, 23, 43, the power number 16. no one got all six numbers, but there is someone in the bay area who is a bit richer this morning. three tickets in california matched five numbers, but missed that power number. one ticket was purchased in petaluma. each ticket is worth $573,000. wednesday's jackpot climbs to $350 million. the odds of winning power ball, are about 1 in $175 million. we had a draw going on in the station but i didn't get a call this morning so we did not win. >> and you are here, right? >> yeah, i'm here. >> we are looking at fog this morning hovering around 1,000 feet. that's making for a start in some parts of the bay area. we will pick up the low fog clouds part of the morning hours but otherwise it will be warm again. inland east bay and dry in the hills. we have the steady onshore flow. in fact it will be kicking
the president addressed the issue for the first time today. >> reporter: president obama says he will not tolerate political bias at the irs. >> people have to be held accountable and it has to be fixed. >> reporter: answering questions at a news conference with britain's prime minister, the president says he first learned that they single out groups from news reports. the irs apologized for scrutinizing groups as they applied for tax exempt status. >> if you've got the irs operating in anything less than a neutral and nonpartisan way, then that is outrageous. >> reporter: the white house is waiting for a full report from the inspector general but congress isn't. lawmakers are pushing for hearings to get to the bottom of how this happened. >> they should apologize to the american people for this. this is a big deal. we're not going to let it rest. >> reporter: house republicans are introducing a bill that would make it a crime for irs workers to discriminate against groups for their political groups. austin is trying to figure out if his group, freedom works, was a target. >> if
. a combhat tive obama said the irs was playing politics targeting nonprofit groups the tea party patriots or self identified educational groups promoting the constitution. >> it is contrary to our traditions and people have to be held accountable and it's got to be fixed. >> the irs admitted to the effort but attempted to blame it on low level employees in the agency the lawyers for tea party groups for evidence say they were targeted by officials since washington supporting the decisions of many tea party leaders. >> a couple of low level employees out of cincinnati, ohio who have this much influence. literally it was coast to coast. >> the agency is already in plenty of hot water for initially denying to congress that con sefb ti-- conservative ever faced this scrutiny. >> the irs have not targeted specific groups. >> we pride ourselves on being a nonpolitical nonpartisan organization. there is absolutely no targeting. this is the kind of back and forth that happens when they apply for 501 c 4 status. >> that was march of last year. the house weighs and means meets on this on friday to
house where the political prospects for president obama's second term changed dramatically in the course of only a week. we've seen a crush of developments involving three major controversies, a forced resignation, and new allegations of coverups. can the president recover. what does he need to do? let's go to the white house, our white house correspondent dan lothian is standing by. what's the strategy as far as damage control is concerned? >> reporter: wolf, the president wants to sort of put this behind him and turn the focus on his second term agenda. he promised and very much wants to deliver on immigration reform. the economy is a major concern, yes, unemployment is going down, but the president still wants to go out there, hit the road, focus on creating jobs for the middle class, and there are even the international issues that continue bubbling up and need to be resolved, there's syria, saw the president this week dealing with that during a visit of the prime minister from turkey. next week he will be meeting on another international issue with the president from myanmar. so the
why this is problematic for the administration is one is that this action coincided with the political interests of the obama team that it so say the action was taken overwhelmingly against conservative groups. and the second thing is that the administration has had trouble telling the truth about it. as recently as just the other day you had the on his way out acting director saying on the hill argue gowing with the idea that any one was targeted and then, of course, congress asked for information which was not forthcoming when the irs higher ups found out about it in that never and congress was never told. another case where there has been difficulty telling the truth. you put the two things together and you have a combustible mix and this is the stuff from what scandals are made. the same applies might i add pair rennettically to benghazi as well. not a big deal in the middle of the campaign and thed a a menstruation had a terrible time telling -- and the administration had a terrible time delling the truth about it. >> chris: kirsten, irs? >> one of the democratic talking points ou
get there. >>> to politics now where the obama administration is looking for private donations to publicize the new health care law. the robert wood johnson foundation could contribute at much as $10 million, h & r block, $5 million. >> the very popular green card lottery could get the ax as part of the new immigration bill. the program gives visas to 50,000 residents. >> it is graduation season and right now vice president joe biden is about to speak to the graduating class at the university of pennsylvania. his granddaughter just finished his freshman year there and his son, bo, is also a graduate. >> over the weekend, the first lady spoke to eastern kentucky grads. >> make no mistake, you can go anywhere, anywhere you choose. so be proud and never, ever doubt yourselves. walk boldly on that road ahead, no matter where it takes you. >> try to do something that will make you happy and most people are happiest doing what they are best at. you have been given that gift. >> and if you read only one thing this morning, tell the truth. how often have you called in sick when you wer
've been told how politically damaging the benghazi talking points are for president obama. if anyone thinks such pressure will break the president, you might want to check out his reaction to the latest hysteria during a news conference today. >> the whole issue of this -- of talking points, frankly throughout this process has been a side show. suddenly three days ago this gets spun up as if there's something new to the story. there's no there there. >> president obama went on to call out republicans for using the issue as a subject for fund raising. while the president was speaking, i was conducting an interview with nancy pelosi, addressing the dangers of dark money and the never ending political fund raising cycle. the congresswoman also gave me a very pointed characterization of the republican opposition, particularly the job performance of house speaker john boehner. but first, i asked leader pelosi her reaction to the comments on benghazi. >> you can already hear the drums beating, the word impeachment made by your republican colleagues in congress. what was your reaction, the
republican sound bite of the past five years. >> our top political priority should be to deny president obama a second term. >> that was senate minority leader mitch mcconnell in 2010 right after the mid text elections. when it came to 2012 president barack obama won a second term. imagine you lost, failed on your top priority as a party. what's next? you stop him. throw everything at him. you tie up his judicial and cabinet nominations. you vote against his landmark health care legislation. not once, not twice, but 38 times. even after it's been passed, implemented and upheld by the supreme court. you make sure all roads to washington lead to president obama. the biggest revelation that the irs gave scrutiny. whose nads include tea party, 912 and patriot. yesterday the house ways and means committee held a hearing about the issue. dave camp had this to say to open the discussion. >> it seems like the american truth is hidden from people just long enough to make it through an election. the american people have the right to a truth tochlt a government that delivers the facts, good or bad, no m
are getting closer to an answer. congress cummings, ranking democrat, he says republicans are politically motivated in conducting these hearings on benghazi an even president obama is saying there is no there. why should we care about benghazi? >> the deaths on september 11th show that we are vulnerable in the middle east in continuing acts of terrorism. boston marathon shows the same thing in the united states. for the international presence the lessons from benghazi can help us protect not just official americans but private americans all over the world. there is a continuing need, it has nothing to do with politics. it has everything to do with government and that is protecting the lives of its own citizens. that is the highest priority that an congressional investigation can have. >> kelly: that is why the investigation continues and we're y we're trying to find out and what caused those systemic failures in the first place. ambassador, thank you, sir. >> jamie: extreme weather alert. monstrous storms is tearing across the heartland. four reported twisters. look at the size of this on
this is not a politicized attack on the democrats, obama and clinton. how are they not a highly political group and why are they suddenly, you know, eligible for this tax exemption? and much of the tea party's efforts stand from direct mail efforts and, again, that could be why they said if you have tea party in your title, patriot in your title, but it comes too close to the nerve of political init tim dags and it cannot be tolerated. >> one more thing that's striking about this, the irs did not officially announce this. the president of the united states did not officially apologize. the treasury secretary did not officially apologize. this all came out because a mid-level manager, are the person at the irs in charge of reviewing these tax exempt organizations was having a q&a session with a bunch of tax lawyers and they asked a question and she answered the question off camera, which is why we have only the audio, that's how the whole story came out and, perhaps not so c coincidentally, it came out just days before the treasury's inspector general was about to issue a report slamming them on that. >
-leaning groups, forcing president obama to confront both charges head-on. >> obama: who executes some sort of cover-up or effort to tamp things down for three days? the fact that this keeps on getting churned out frankly has a lot to do with political motivations. if you've got the i.r.s. operating in anything less than a neutral and nonpartisan way then that is outrageous. it is contrary to our traditions. and people have to be held accountable and it's got to be fixed. >> john: because we a all know the i.r.s. has always operated in a nonpartisan way. however, just when it seemed the president had begun to put the scandals back in the bag it emerginged that the department of justice had secretly obtained phone records from "the associated press." while perfectly and abhorrently legal, it forced attorney general eric holder to confront the charges in a news conference of his own. >> this was a very serious -- very serious leak. very, very serious leak. it put the american people at risk. and trying to determine who was responsible for that, i think required very aggressive action. >> john
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